Autumn is here!

It has been a while since an update. Its been consistently busy here at Haramaki HQ with orders carrying on through the summer months. Thanks to the open water swimmers who have discovered the delights of the handy extra layer that fits easily in the pocket or swim kit bag for when the cold gets you post-swim. We have also welcomed some new affiliate sellers – please check out Olive Tree Beauty for all things acupuncture :

“Why do acupuncturist’s harp on about the kidney channel …. well It is the seat of primordial strength, willpower, sexual power and creativity. It is responsible for reproduction and growth, strengthens and warms the back, gives strength to the bones and hair and is also directly connected to the functions of the brain. Plus the kidney is the carriers of the “Jing” – the essence of life..

So don’t go letting your kidneys get cold as it could lead to back ache, weak knees, fatigue, lack of concentration, forgetfulness, feeling cold in the lower back, bottom and thighs, prematurely grey hair or hair loss, tinnitus, decrease of sexual energy, impotence, infertility, all ailments connected with a weakness of the kidney channel. “

We are fully stocked with our Merino woolly haramaki for the coming colder months and our full range of cotton haramaki (black is now made from organic cotton!). So whatever you are doing, inside or outside, wrap up an in a haramaki and keep yourself toasty from top to toe. x

Wombs Love Warmth

 

In “Surprising ways to change your lifestyle and boost your fertility” the Mirror newspaper recommended women:

“Wear a Japanese garment called a haramaki – which is effectively like a boob tube around your tummy,” says Gemma McCrae, life coach. “My acupuncturist diagnosed that I had a cold uterus – which meant that it wasn’t a hospitable environment to conceive and grow a baby. I’m now 22 weeks pregnant.”

Wearing a haramaki can support fertility

Acupuncturists recommend them to their clients they are treating for fertilty issues such as ‘cold uterus‘…

The abdomen (hara or dan tian) is the centre of qi (energy). Acupuncturists advise that that warmth supports womb health. Heat on the uterus, abdomen, and lower back decreases common discomforts of menstruation including cramping and helps to reduce stagnation of energy in the uterus.

Cold in the uterus is related to menstrual problems and infertility. Warmth is supportive to the internal ‘fire’ energy of the uterus, and many traditions around the world keep the womb warm to keep the internal fires of health stoked, and support the flow of qi energy.

Keeping your core warm is not just good for fertility….

A warm core is “Key for our health, fertility and creative power” says Tiffany Power of Nurture Works Yoga – A ‘Cold Womb’ is one of the key patterns underlying infertility in Chinese medicine. But our Womb is not only a cradle for physical babies; it is the source of all our creative and nurturing power as women. When we allow this sacred space within us to freeze over, we lose our capacity to connect with this gentle, yet unstoppable, strength in our centre. In addition, Cold stagnation in our Womb is a cause of painful menstrual cramps. “

So keeping this vital part of us supported and cosy in a haramaki can help improve our health in a number of ways.

Signs that you are low in Yang Energy and may have a cold uterus:

“ Someone who is deficient in yang lacks the catalytic spark, the cellular chemistry of combustion. When our fire is weak, we become cold and slow, and physical processes become sluggish.” (Qi Gong master David Leggett)

In Chinese Medicine the following are signs that your Yang energy may be depleted: always feeling cold, hypo-activity, lower back pain or soreness, low energy, poor circulation, poor digestion, urinary disorders, low libido, infertility.
Wearing a haramaki can help with this by keeping your core warm and raising your overall body temperature.

Why not give our haramaki a try?  Click here to buy one